# Mathematics AS/A2 Level at The Grange School

## Course description

A level Maths provides students with a thorough grounding in the mathematical tools and techniques often needed in the workplace. The logic and reasoning skills developed by studying A-level Maths make sure the qualification is widely respected even in non-mathematical arenas. You will be encouraged to develop your understanding of Mathematics in a way that promotes confidence and enjoyment, as well as developing an awareness of the relevance of the subject to other fields of study, in the world of work and society in general. Mathematics is about pattern and structure; it is about logical analysis, deduction, and calculation within these patterns and structures. When patterns are found, often in widely different areas of science and technology, the mathematics of these patterns can be used to explain and control natural happenings and situations.

## Course content

You will study six modules:  Pure Core 1, 2, 3 and 4 - these modules provide the techniques in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus that form the fundamental skills needed in the subject.  Decision Maths – This module focuses on how to save time and money in order to increase profit. For example: using algorithms to find the shortest route between 2 points in a network. Did you know that there are 4 different ways of sorting a set of numbers into ascending or descending order?!  Statistics - this module gives you the skills to analyse and represent data in its many forms – this will include probability, data handling and testing hypotheses.

## Entry requirements

Five GCSE subjects at Grade C or above, with an A in Maths. Students with a high grade B in maths will be considered, however this is at the discretion of the Subject Leader. Students are required to have studied the Higher Mathematics course to ensure they have the appropriate level of understanding to enable a smooth transition from GCSE to AS/A2.

## Assessment

The examination syllabus you will follow is AQA Mathematics 6361. Each module carries 16²/3% of the total mark for A2 Level. You will be assessed by written examination according to the timetable outlined below. Each exam is one and a half hours and is out of a total of 75 marks. Year 12 – Pure Core 1 / Pure Core 2 / Decision Maths Year 13 – Pure Core 3 / Pure Core 4 / Statistics

## How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Grange School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

## Key information

• Start date: Next September
• Duration: 2 Years